About a year ago I thought it might be possible that I'd eventually
be setting up an Etsy account...so I started shopping for a mannequin.
I found this little lady at an antique mall & the price was acceptable..
at least when compared to what I'd found online. She was in excellent (like new) condition
and covered with neutral linen. But every time I put jewelry on her, it seemed to die before my eyes.
DEAD I'm telling you. And, yes, I'm blaming her...I'm sure it wasn't my jewelry. Ahem.
I decided she needed a makeover.
|Maddy the Mannequin|
Collage is my answer to every coverup. Wait, that didn't sound right.
I set out to collage this lady - so I first painted her with Gesso.
Gesso is used to prime canvases for painting & I wanted
a white base layer to work with.
I allowed that to dry overnight & then covered Maddy with
selective pieces of a McCalls pattern. I collaged the pattern on with Liquitex Matte Medium.
My overall plan was to white wash the collaged layer with white acrylic paint.
And that's exactly what I did.
|Hand forged Sterling Bubbles|
|The clasp on Sterling Bubbles|
What do you think?
|Hand Forged Fine Silver Chain|
I'm happy with the result & my jewelry doesn't DIE anymore!
The collage technique left just a subtle hint of an under layer of textures and designs.
And the white really sets off pieces better than the natural linen
IMHO of course. ;)
Maybe one of these days I'll get up the nerve to set up that Etsy shop.
Right now I'm just enjoying learning new techniques and adding to my own jewelry collection.